March 3, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Michigan State softball earned two wins in its second day at the Florida Atlantic Classic and improved its record to 11-7 on the season. MSU edged Harvard, 1-0, and defeated Florida Atlantic, 7-2, on Sunday afternoon.
In the competition facing Harvard (2-3), Michigan State picked up the win with one run in the second inning. After a Harvard fielding error at shortstop, sophomore Ellie Stoffer reached first base and advanced to second on senior Jenny Ramsaier's ground out. With a single to left field by freshman Destinee Luna, Stoffer ran home.
The Spartans held off the Crimson for the next five innings to edge the competition, 1-0.
Junior Kelly Smith pitched the complete game and recorded four strikeouts; she took the win after not allowing any runs. At the plate, senior Kylene Hopkins was 2-for-3 while sophomore McKinzie Freimuth and Luna were 1-for-1 to lead MSU.
In the second game, MSU faced tournament host Florida Atlantic (6-13). The Spartans defeated the Owls 7-2 after coming back from a two run deficit with seven runs in the sixth inning. Junior Sarah Bowling registered four RBIs for MSU. Smith continued her time on the mound for the day and struck out five batters in a complete game.
FAU put the first run on the scoreboard in the first inning. After both teams were unable to score in the second, the Owls gained a 2-0 lead at the bottom of the third.
At the top of the sixth, sophomore Alyssa McBride was first to score a run for MSU after a single by freshman Shanin Thomas on the right field line. Next, Hopkins singled to second to advance Ramsaier across the plate. Freimuth continued the trend and Luna was sent home. To guarantee the lead, Bowling hit a home run to center field and after a scoreless seventh inning the score was secured at 7-2.
Smith only allowed only two runs, both earned, and notched her second win of the day, third of the tournament, to produce a 9-2 record.
Hopkins and Freimuth were 2-for-2 at the plate and each contributed one RBI to the Spartan victory.
The Spartans will be back in action on Tuesday, March 5, in a doubleheader facing Niagara. The two teams will compete at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Fort Pierce, Fla.